Value through Innovation26 October 2014

The history of Boehringer Ingelheim: A tradition of innovation

The pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim was founded in 1885 by Albert Boehringer (1861-1939) in Ingelheim am Rhein.

The pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim was founded in 1885 by Albert Boehringer (1861-1939) in Ingelheim am Rhein. From its beginnings in 1885 when it employed just 28 people in Nieder-Ingelheim, the company has since become a global enterprise.

As part of research and development activities for innovative drugs, the company focuses primarily on the therapeutic areas of cardiovascular disease, respiratory diseases, diseases of the central nervous system, metabolic diseases, virological diseases and oncology.

Historical timeline of Boehringer Ingelheim

  • 1885 – 1948: Innovative beginnings

    In 1885, Albert Boehringer purchased a small tartar factory in the Rhine-Hessian village of Nieder-Ingelheim. On 31 July, his company was included in the commercial register as “Albert Böhringer, chem. Fabrik vom 1. Aug. 1885 ab”.

  • 1948 – 1988: Going global

    Following the death of Albert Boehringer (1861 - 1939), his two sons Albert jr. (1891-1960) and Ernst Boehringer (1896-1965) as well as his son-in-law Julius Liebrecht (1891-1974) took over this family company.

  • 1988 – 2012: Value through innovation

    Following the death of Hubertus Liebrecht (1991), the owning family made some fundamental decisions regarding the company’s alignment. This was in response to changing global healthcare standards and the increasing cost of healthcare, and was designed to maintain the company’s leading position.

  • History of the logo

    The Boehringer Ingelheim logo has evolved over the years.

  • App - Boehringer Ingelheim Corporation

    Are you curious about how Boehringer Ingelheim started way back in 1885? Want to find news and more info? Introducing the new Boehringer app! It already contains a timeline of Boehringer Ingelheim’s history from 1885 until today. More information coming soon.

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